Trump Hotel sets September D.C. opening

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel will open to the public in September, a little more than two years after the $200 million renovation of the Old Post Office Pavilion began.

The Trump International Hotel, at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, comes online after extensive renovations to the historic, 19th century building, including restoration of original wood milling and paneling and stonework.

The hotel has 263 rooms and suites, including the “Trump Townhouse,” a 6,300-square-foot suite with its own private entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Trump International Hotel also will have a 13,200-square-foot Presidential Ballroom — one of the largest ballrooms in D.C.

The General Services Administration chose Trump’s bid to redevelop the property in 2012. In addition to the renovation costs, Trump is paying the federal government $250,000 a month in rent.

Two star chefs, Geoffrey Zakarian and Jose Andres, pulled out of the Trump hotel project, objecting to Trump’s comments about immigrants during campaign speeches.

Trump has filed breach of contract lawsuits against both chefs, and both are counter-suing him.

Steakhouse BLT Prime has committed to one of two restaurant spaces in the hotel, the Washington Business Journal reported last fall.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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